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Milking the golden cow

Apparently the city of Cottage Grove is unable to satisfy its appetite for spending taxpayers’ money.

The paint has barely had time to dry on the new $15 million Cottage Grove City Hall, which also houses the Public Safety Department, and now we are hearing about the need for another $20 million for a public safety training and education facility.

The tax man: it’s one for you, 19 for me.

Here is a novel idea: Let’s have the people who are proposing this project, along with the people who supported or voted for those proposing this project, pay for it. Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is always talking about how the other political side is lacking solutions to issues such as this. I have just offered up an easy, alternative solution right there that does not force the people who disagree with building another building to have to pay for it.

Seems like a great compromise — a win-win for everyone.

Editor’s note: The city of Cottage Grove is seeking state-borrowed public construction funds, repaid with tax revenue, to pay for a public safety training facility, but some local funding also could be part of the project.